The use of storage with proprietary equipment occurs in small and medium enterprises, while the largest user is migrating to the cloud. The usual thing is that not everything is in the cloud, only specific issues that cost does not justify having on disk.

Richard St.

The development of the image quality, going from SD to HD, now 4K and starting to talk about 8K, makes that the companies of the industry should have a storage system with increasing. Today there are several options in the market to make a decision when it comes to expanding their capacity, including defining whether they adopt solutions based on hardware, software or hybrids.

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On these solutions, TVyVideo + Radio consulted Fernando Barrientos, representative of the company Qnap for the countries of Unasur, who highlighted that the storage solutions are divided into two types, one in the cloud that is offered as a service and the other is for hardware that provides a computer and the user has more control over the solution and does not require additional payment after purchasing the equipment and also offers connected solutions.

There are three aspects that differentiate each one and that a company must take into account when deciding on one. The first is the initial cost of the solution. The second the cost of maintenance and / or licensing. And the third is the technical and additional resources that each solution can provide, most hardware solutions provide options for connection in the cloud.

Safety is another essential factor. The options currently available start from something basic such as access through user and password, and other more advanced solutions such as computer address certificate requirements for file transfer. Finally, there is storage management, which must have mechanisms for automatic copying of all files periodically.

In Latin America specifically, the market is divided between the two solutions. According to Fernando Barrientos, medium and small companies are those that seek to have greater control over their content, for a matter of trust and security, and prefer hardware solutions, while large companies have a hybrid between the two solutions and tend more to rent or pay for service tools.

Available solutions
In the industry there are several companies that offer storage solutions. Here are some of the most used in the radio and television industry:

Thunderbolt technology redefined external storage with its speed and versatility in bandwidth-intensive applications. Thunderbolt 2 builds on these advances and doubles the speed potential of 20 Gb / s, allowing you to edit and view RAW 4K video files simultaneously.

Therefore, one of its most recent innovations is 8big Rack Thunderbolt ™ 2, which is aimed at working with video in 4K. Features Thunderbolt 2 speeds from 48 TB in an 1U rack. In addition, with the addition of a hardware RAID controller and 7200 RPM disks, sustained speeds of up to 1330 MB / s are obtained which accelerate 4K workflows, transfers and back-up of files.

With this level of speed, videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, and get the full capacity of recording and view edits in real time. There is no need to convert the video to a lower resolution.

LaCie RAID Manager software provides a centralized and powerful way to configure and control all LaCie 8big Rack disks that are connected to a workstation. From an application, you can control RAID mode, system monitoring and email alerts.

Promise Technology
VTrak A-Class is the storage solution of the company Promise Technology aimed at the media. It provides shared storage that can be entered and captured in post-production workflows from 32 TB and with a horizontal scale of more than 7 PB. It allows the simultaneous edition of several users, in order to improve workloads from months to weeks, or from weeks to days.

For work in 4K, VTrak A-Class uses the Pegasus2 Thunderbolt 2 desktop RAID storage with which you can download 4K sequences from the cameras to more than 1300 MB / s.

According to the company, the larger files that mean 4K and higher images, imply that representation, composition, coloration and editing require a lot of bandwidth, and can increase workload productivity time intervals, that hinders the fulfillment of delivery terms. Your solution aims to solve these problems.

GB Labs
This company developed the FastNAS storage solution, which provides access to single and multiple users, editing, sharing and distribution of 4K sequences for post-production and broadcast environments. This solution is integrated with four solutions of the company, among which is Dynamic Expansion, EX, which offers external SAS connectivity, which allows its expansion through a FastNAS EX unit. The capacity of the original unit can be increased up to 160TB.

Another technology is Velocity RAID Engine, VRE, optimized for the use of AV and low latency response. VRE is at the heart of the FastNAS experience offering excellent random access performance using minimal system resources. VRE RAID technology offers a dynamic capacity expansion, means there is no downtime and there is no need to waste time copying large amounts of data in and out of your storage just to increase your capacity.

TVS-1582TU is a hybrid solution of Qnap, which offers connection by 3.1 usb and offers connection to 10 gigas with ports enabled for Ethernet or fiber optic connections. It allows to have a much wider platform for high speed platforms.

Providing a triple solution Thunderbolt ™ / NAS / iSCSI SAN, with four ports Thunderbolt ™ 3 wide bandwidth to optimize the transfer and online video editing in 4K. It is a perfect combination for Mac and Windows users equipped with Thunderbolt for 4K workflows, file storage and high-speed interchange.

The compact rack-mount form factor makes the TVS-1582TU particularly useful for live television production environments via mobile TV / satellite units that require frequent relocation. The TVS-1582TU adopts 14 generation multi-core Intel 7nm processors and has been designed around the concept of tiered storage, application-based partitioning and network traffic distribution to fulfill critical tasks with sophisticated capabilities.

Amazon web services, AWS
One of the companies that is leading the most storage systems in the cloud is Amazon, with solutions for different industries and applications. The company highlights that the film and entertainment sectors are moving production and post-production of content to their solutions in order to take advantage of highly scalable, elastic and secure cloud services, which allow to accelerate content production and reduce capital investment. in infrastructure.

The AWS cloud system provides cloud-based tools to collaborate, and dynamically edit and scale content production and visual effects rendering, reducing the time to content production and encouraging collaboration with contributors. of all the world.

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.



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